Two intended milestones in Canada’s COVID-19 recovery journey were pointed out by MP Jeremy Patzer last week.
Speaking in Maple Creek, the Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP said he believed the federal government’s aim was for everyone by the fall to have had a chance to get vaccinated.
Another goal was for everyone to have had access to first doses by June.
In Saskatchewan, said Patzer, vaccination numbers were looking very promising.
“The province of Saskatchewan has done a great job on that side,” he said.
“We are making sure the federal government hold up their end of the deal and that the province gets the support it needs.”
Patzer’s comments came during a press conference last Wednesday on the federal government’s announcement of financial assistance for the Maple Creek and Piapot branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Among those present at the Maple Creek branch was Michelle McKenzie, Mayor of Maple Creek, who said that Doug Steele, MLA for Cypress Hills, had told her that “things are going to start moving a little bit” after many months of COVID-19 restrictions.
She wondered what information Patzer could share about opening up Canada.
“We are trying to find out what are the markers and milestones we are looking for,” Patzer replied.
“We are starting to see a higher rate of population being vaccinated. So, we are trying to find out what’s the percentage we can get so we know we have a bit more certainty that will allow for a more widespread reopening of the economy.”
Patzer explained the responsibilities of the federal and provincial governments.
While the federal government is securing vaccines, the province has brought in health measures.
The aim was to bring COVID-19 numbers down to a point where restrictions and impediments to businesses, and organizations like the Legion, could be removed.